tunnel vision


a drastically narrowed field of vision, as in looking through a tube, symptomatic of retinitis pigmentosa.
an extremely narrow or prejudiced outlook; narrow-mindedness.

Nearby words

  1. tunnel,
  2. tunnel diode,
  3. tunnel disease,
  4. tunnel effect,
  5. tunnel of love,
  6. tunneling,
  7. tunney,
  8. tunney, gene,
  9. tunny,
  10. tuonela

Origin of tunnel vision

First recorded in 1940–45

Related formstun·nel-vi·sioned, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tunnel vision

tunnel vision


a condition in which peripheral vision is greatly restricted
narrowness of viewpoint resulting from concentration on a single idea, opinion, etc, to the exclusion of others
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Medicine definitions for tunnel vision

tunnel vision


Vision in which the visual field is severely constricted.

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